Cian Healy has admitted Ireland will chase World Cup glory to honour captain Paul O’Connell’s glittering Test career.
Skipper O’Connell’s Ireland career is almost certainly at an end after his serious hamstring injury midway through their 24-9 World Cup victory over France.
O’Connell banged the turf in anguish and anger as his team-mates left the Millennium Stadium field for the half-time interval, eventually carried from the turf by stretcher.
Ireland prop Healy hailed the talismanic 35-year-old’s influence on Joe Schmidt’s squad, before vowing to do him justice if O’Connell is ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
“Hopefully Paul will be alright, but you get dealt those hands sometimes,” said Healy after Ireland secured a quarter-final against Argentina.
“Being the fella he is and seeing how hard he’s worked, that would be the case, you dig in and you’d want to put on a show for him.
“Hopefully he’ll be okay, but if not then that will definitely give us extra motivation.”
Source: Sky Sports